North Kerry Heritage Trails

North Kerry
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About North Kerry Heritage Tours

Come find your way where others have gone for centuries before in the Ancient Kingdom of Kerry. Sample the rich heritage and culture of these hidden gems.

North Kerry Heritage Trails enable you to discover Ireland’s rich heritage and history through a fully guided journey of ancient monuments and ruins of historically important castles and forts and remains of cathedrals and abbeys.

The following types of tours are available:

·         Self guided / drive tours

·         Guided full and half day bus tours

·         Walking tours

·         Educational tours / School tours

·         Speciality tours

Tours for 2015
May to September - Wednesdays– 9.30am – 4.30pm (approximately)

Guided bus tours depart from Denny Street, Tralee, outside the Ashe Memorial Hall.  From here the bus will take you on a memorable tour of North Kerry taking in a variety of sites in locations such as, Ardfert Cathedral and Abbey, Ballyheigue Castle, Rattoo Round Tower and Abbey, Ballybunion Castle, Ballylongford - Carrigafoyle Castle and Lislaughtin Abbey, Tarbert Bridewell, Listowel Castle and Literary Centre, Lixnaw  - Old Court and Abbeydorney’s Ciscertian Abbey.

Complimentary tea and coffee is included and we will stop for lunch where a selection of hot and cold food will be available for you to order.

PRICE:  Adults - €40.00 Children u12 - €20.00

Price includes:

·         Complimentary tea and coffee

·         Experienced guide for the duration of tour

·         Tour brochure and souvenirs

·         50% discount on North Kerry Heritage CD’s and DVD’s

Booking is essential please call 00 353 (0)66 7103936

All payments are made to the Guide before departure. Please advise us at least 24 hours in advance of you wish to cancel.

Please note that the full tour maybe cancelled if there is less than 75% occupancy rate on bus. In such cases we will inform you the day before and offer an alternative Tralee Town Heritage Town Tour and admission to the Kerry County Museum at a reduced rate.

Group, speciality and packaged tours can be tailored to suit and can include lectures, demonstrations and performances. For more information you can contact us on: 00 353 (0)87 706 74 84


About the Kingdom

The Kingdom of Kerry is one of the most significant tourist destinations in Ireland. It boasts magnificent mountain ranges, beautiful lakes, blue flag beaches and breathtaking coastal scenery. North Kerry encompasses an area from Tarbert to Tralee, an area renowned for golf with the world famous Ballybunion golf course, Kerry’s capital, Tralee hosting the international Rose of Tralee Festival and Listowel, known as the literary capital of Kerry with its acclaimed annual Writers Week.

North Kerry is distinguished by its rugged coastline and miles of golden sandy Blue Flag beaches. Its landscape is richly patterned with ancient monuments which include stone circles, ring forts, ogham stones, standing stones, stone crosses and holy wells, along with the ruins of early Churches, and ecclesiastical sites to include Abbeys, Cathedrals and Monasteries, with numerous Castles, a Tower House and Great Houses, and  many more historic monuments. All of these sites are part of our rich heritage with most town lands containing many monuments.

The history of the founding of the ancient Kingdom of Kerry dates back to the year 800ad when Queen Maeve of Connaught sent her son Ciar to this area to claim his inheritance. It was here that he established the ancient Kingdom of Ciar, which he ruled over in great peace and prosperity, and which over the ensuing centuries was to grow into what is today’s Kingdom of Kerry. The descendants of Ciar, the O Connor Kerry was to rule this area for over one thousand years.

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North Kerry Heritage Trails
Admission Costs
Full Day Guided Tour:
Adults - €40.00
Children u12 - €20.00

Special Rates Available for Groups
Opening Hours
By Appointment
Trading Months
May - September